Asia Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Googling to going...to Gujarat!
  2. 2 Please help me to start planning a trip to Bhutan
  3. 3 Purchasing Kamagawa Odori tickets?
  4. 4 Japan - 2 itineraries (7days)
  5. 5 Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam 3 weeks itinerary and visa help
  6. 6 India Tour Companies
  7. 7 Bye bye SE Asia
  8. 8 Train to Sapa from Hanoi
  9. 9 Laos planning.
  10. 10 Japan rough itinerary
  11. 11 Pocket Wi-Fi Speeds (187.5 Mbps v. 75 Mbps)?
  12. 12 Hotel Claska vs. Prince Sakura Tower
  13. 13 sri lanka two places, two hotels
  14. 14 Can buy a JR Pass in Japan
  15. 15 Last Minute Bali Honeymoon
  16. 16 One night in Osaka
  17. 17 14 days Japan itinerary. First timers.
  18. 18 Japan - costs
  19. 19 Japan for Foodies
  20. 20 Planning Honeymoon to Thailand
  21. 21 3 week SE Asia itinerary
  22. 22 Japan Rail Pass
  23. 23 First Time to Japan..Itin Advice Needed
  24. 24 south east asia 3 weeks in june
  25. 25 Japan Cherry Blossom 2018
View next 25 » Back to the top

Should I? Solo, male, 52yo, deliberating

Jump to last reply

Hi all, it is still on my wish list, visiting Japan, getting an impression of this - out of this world - world so to say. Have done some reading about it and of course some TR's. But I need some help in decision making and hope to find it at this forum.

I'm from The Netherlands and quite an experienced traveller, mainly Europe, but also bits of Asia and the USA. Usually with the rest of the family, Japan will be a solo thing, rest of the family isn't that enthusiastic. Which I find disappointing but on the other hand also way more budget friendly.
The thing is that I would skip most of the 'must see' destinations (crowded, doesn't live up to expectations) and I question myself: should I go? And if so, what to do? I just found out that for me my maybe highlight - hiking Japanese Alps - the season has (almost) ended (just checked a webcam: snow and misty). Another highlight which sounds attractive to me is discovering Kyoto on a bike.
My itinerary for now is just Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara - Tokyo. In 12-14 days and with a daily highlight being having sushi in a family run place. I forgot to mention that I als look forward to get a little-more-than-beginner-but-not-quite-advanced sushi making course. I also would travel light, just cabin luggage and a daypack buying clothing at Uniglo. First choice of accommodation would be AirBnB (and get in contact with host) but also one or two stays in a ryokan.
I find myself deliberating whether this all would justify me to visit Japan. To make it even worse, very much to my wife's surprise I wasn't that impressed by NY as a city, except for the 9/11 Memorial which made a deep impression. So, there you have it. Not a standard request, I do hope to get some thoughts and maybe some tips on where to go/where to stay which I haven't thought about yet. I'm not bound by a schedule, I would like to be off and back in November - December.

8 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement